KEN BYLER

Ken Byler 

It’s been said that Texas is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum.

It was cowboy movie star Tex Ritter who once said, “They say Virginia is the mother of Texas. We never knew who the father was, but we kinda suspected Tennessee.”

It was Tennessean Davy Crockett who wrote a note that said, “Y’all can go to hell … I’m going to Texas.”

It’s a historical fact that Texas was born out of border crisis caused by illegal immigrants, many of whom were from Tennessee.

The Republic of Mexico had closed its border but didn’t secure it and wound up losing a third of Mexico. The winners in the confrontation then proceeded to turn Texas into one of the most unique places to be found anywhere.

Here lately, folks are moving to Texas in record numbers, and for a lot of Texas cities it seems that progress is measured by how many taxpayers can be stacked into the city limits.

Today, I’m living smack dab in the middle of Collin County, a county nearing a population of two million people. I’ve noticed that I’m not hearing “fixin’ to,” “y’all” and “bless your heart” much anymore.

This came to my mind when my bride had a near final termination of her earthly existence. She was in the hospital nine days under the care of a dozen healthcare specialists, many of whom appeared to be Asian, Middle Eastern and Indian.

The care she received was outstanding, and we felt blessed that those healthcare specialists chose Allen as their home. But during the nine-day hospital stay, my bride heard “bless your heart,” “fixin’ to” and “y’all” from only the inhalation therapist.

The Texas of my youth doesn’t seem to exist anymore. There are still remnants of it here and there, but you’ve got to go deep into the boondocks to hear “fixin’ to” and “bless your heart” on a daily basis.

It’s only my opinion, but I believe my hometown is a better place because of some of these new Texans. But the fact is, my hometown is filling up with folks from Asia, the Middle East, India, Yankees and a lot of folks from California.

The State of California used to be a place that folks went to … not came from. Dreams of second chances always seemed to point west, and California was as far west as you could go without a boat.

A while back, the State Legislature of California banned travel to Texas on state paid expense accounts. It was the unfounded rumor that Texas was mistreating folks with peculiar habits that caused the ban.

That ban doesn’t seem fair because the Texas Legislature hasn’t banned Californians who no longer enjoy living in the Golden State from traveling to Texas.

Another hope is that after all these new Texans register to vote, they won’t be fixin’ to vote for the same kind of government programs that caused their flight from wherever they fled from.

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